This is a wonderful pair of vintage bookends made of elegant and richly-patinated bronze-clad spelter.
Each bookend depicts a panting German Shepherd with their signature pointed ears at full attention.
After World War I, soldiers returning home from Germany spoke highly of the breed.
It wouldn't be long after that iconic dogs like Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart would gain German Shepherds their lasting popularity.
As you can see, the figures are rendered in beautiful detail, with particular attention paid to the musculature and highly-emotive face.
Both dogs have big paws that seem to balance on the edge of the textural base while their tails curve ever-so-slightly for balance.
A mark appears on both bookends on the flat side; these read "A©".
The bookends are a deep brown patina with occasional flashes of rich gold.
You will notice that the bookends are flat on the same side; this is due to the fact that they are likely intended for display on a table rather than a shelf.
The maker of the bookends is unknown yet they remain a stunning example of early 20th century decorative figural works of art.
They are pervaded by a spotty, textural exterior and exhibit the occasional light surface scratch as well as some areas of minor finish-loss.
Both pieces show a red "v"-shaped mark on the base to the dog's left which appears to be hand-written.
Finally, the underside of each piece is lined with brown felt, preventing any scratching to the bookends or underlying surfaces.
Despite some relatively minor condition issues, the bookends remain in good vintage condition and will make a charming addition to your décor.
Measurements: 8 ½" tall, 4 ½" long, 2 ½" wide Weight (per bookend): 2 ¼ lbs Total weight: 4 ½ lbs